ICC calls for al-Bashir arrest
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging Chad and Libya to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and extradite him to face trial if he visits over the weekend. The written order issued on Friday is the court’s latest attempt to have al-Bashir detained since he was indicted for crimes including genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. The court’s prosecutor asked for the order following reports that al-Bashir could travel to Chad and Libya for meetings. Chad is one of several nations al-Bashir has visited without arrested since he was indicted. The Hague-based court issued arrest warrants for al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010, but has no police force of its own.
Kenyatta cleared for vote
The High Court on Friday cleared the way for Uhuru Kenyatta to run in next month’s presidential election, dismissing arguments that his looming trial on charges of crimes against humanity made him ineligible. Kenyatta, a former finance minister and the son of the country’s founding president, is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007. He is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga according to opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. If Kenyatta wins, his first foreign trip as president could be to appear in the dock at the court in the Hague at a hearing scheduled for April. The High Court also cleared the way for Kenyatta’s running mate, William Ruto, to stand in the vote, as part of their Jubilee coalition. Ruto is also facing charges over the 2007 violence. Both men deny the charges.
Suicide likely in ex-cop case
A fugitive former police officer whose charred remains were found in a burned-out California mountain cabin following a standoff with police died from a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokesman said on Friday. An autopsy determined that Christopher Dorner, 33, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Lacy told a news conference. Lacy said that authorities had not yet determined who fired that single round. However, “the information we have seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner’s life was self inflicted,” he said. Dorner, who also served as an officer in the US Navy reserves, was accused of killing four people since Feb. 3, including a sheriff’s deputy shot during the gunbattle on Tuesday in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Iran sanctions may be eased
Major powers plan to offer to ease sanctions barring trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran in return for Iranian steps to shut down the nation’s newly expanded Fordow uranium enrichment plant, Western officials said on Friday. The officials said the offer is to be presented to Iran at Feb. 26 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and they acknowledged that it represents a relatively modest update to proposals that the six major powers put forward last year. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said their decision not to make a dramatically new offer in part reflected skepticism that Iran is ready to make a deal ahead of its June 14 presidential election. The group, which includes Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US — and is known as the “P5+1” — wants Iran to do more to prove that its nuclear program is for only non-military purposes and to permit wider UN inspections.